Author: Michael Brune

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Drain the swamp! It’s not too late to block fossil-fuel lobbyist Wheeler from heading the EPA

Andrew R. Wheeler, the acting administrator of the EPA, is Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed the disgraced Scott Pruitt. From Trump’s perspective, Wheeler’s a smart choice. Where Pruitt acted like a gung-ho commando who had parachuted behind enemy lines at the EPA, Wheeler is a methodical technocrat and veteran fossil fuel lobbyist who worked at […]

February 22nd

Go to LA to see what the Green New Deal will look like in action

The Green New Deal resolution, introduced in Congress by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, offers a vision for simultaneously tackling climate change, environmental injustice, and economic inequality that’s both ambitious and pragmatic. The reaction was mostly positive, but there were naysayers, of course, who questioned whether the kind of progress called for in the Green […]

February 19th

These 100 cities are ready for 100% renewable energy

Three years ago, when the Sierra Club launched its Ready For 100 campaign to encourage cities to commit to 100% renewable energy, we knew that local action would be a key component of speeding the transition from fossil fuels, but we didn’t know just how important it would become. Thanks to the federal government’s forced […]

December 31st

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s cabinet is best at being WORST for the environment.

When presidential candidate Donald Trump promised to hire only “the best people,” no one thought to ask him what they’d be best at. Trump himself has set standards for corruption, dishonesty, bullying, and callousness that seem unsurpassable, yet that hasn’t stopped his subordinates from trying, including the three men doing his environmental dirty work: Secretary […]

October 29th

Trump’s most dangerous attack on the environment: Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court

This week the Trump administration proposed its latest major attack on our national efforts to fight climate change – a reversal of regulations for methane emissions, which are one of the most destructive sources of climate pollution. California Governor Jerry Brown, speaking at this week’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, called the proposal “dangerous and irresponsible” – […]

September 14th

How to beat a pipeline

As anyone who opposed Keystone XL between 2008 and 2016 knows, stopping a major pipeline isn’t exactly easy even when the president actually cares about the environment. With fossil-fuel–fetishizing Donald Trump in charge, it should be even harder. And yet we’ve seen major setbacks for three significant pipeline projects: the Nebraska section of the Keystone XL […]

August 24th

National Parks: Driving bears to extinction

When you visit Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, as my family and I did a couple weeks ago, you see something spectacular everywhere you look, whether it’s towering peaks wreathed in cloud or carpets of wildflowers. One thing you probably won’t see is a grizzly bear, even though both parks and the surrounding wilderness are prime bear […]

August 13th